GRE Test Structure

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is a computer-delivered admissions test for Graduate and Business Schools worldwide.  The GRE General Test contains three main segments – Analytical Writing, Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning.

Verbal Reasoning

This section measures your ability to analyse and evaluate written material. It also analyzes how you synthesize information obtained from it. Additionally, it analyzes relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.

Quantitative Reasoning

This section measures your problem-solving abilities by using basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.

Analytical Writing

This section measures your critical thinking and analytical writing skills. Specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively.

Test Duration

You have about 3 hours & 45 minutes to complete the test. There are 6 sections with a 10-minute break following the third section.


MeasureNumber of QuestionsAllotted Time
Analytical Writing
(One section with two separately timed tasks)
One "Analyze an Issue" task and one "Analyze an Argument" task30 minutes per task
Verbal Reasoning
(Two sections)
20 questions per section30 minutes per section
Quantitative Reasoning
(Two sections)
20 questions per section35 minutes per section

The unidentified unscored section will not count towards your score. It may also appear in any order after the Analytical Writing Section. Additionally, these questions are being tried out for future tests and to ensure the scores on new editions of the test are comparable to scores from earlier editions. An identified research section may be included in place of the unscored section. It will always appear at the end of test. These questions are used for ETS research purposes.

Section Order

The first section will always be Analytical Writing. Followed by Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, unidentified/unscored sections in any order.

Therefore, treat each section as if it counts toward your score.

Computer Adaptive

The Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections are section-level adaptive. As a result, the first sections have a range of difficulty levels, from easy to difficult.

The first section is assembled such that, it is of average difficulty. The difficulty level of the second section is dependent on the performance of the first section.

Therefore, if you do well in Quantitative Reasoning measure for the first section, consequently, the second section of the Quantitative Reasoning measure will be at a higher level of difficulty.

Additionally, the scoring for the Quantitative Reasoning measure takes into consideration the total number of questions answered correctly across the two sections, as well as the difficulty level of the section (similar process for the Verbal Reasoning measure).

Test Design Features

It has an advanced adaptive design. Hence, it allows you to freely move forward and backward throughout an entire section. Specific features include:

  • Preview and review capabilities within a section
  • “Mark” and “Review” features to tag questions, so you can skip them and return later if you have time remaining in the section
  • The ability to change/edit answers within a section
  • An on-screen calculator for the Quantitative Reasoning section

Which schools require the GRE?

About 71 countries world wide accept the GRE test as part of the admission requirement. You may check with the respective schools on their admission requirement.

When can I take the GRE?

The GRE® General Test is offered year-round at Prometric™ test centers from Monday through Friday based on availability.

The Prometric™ test centers are located at:

ITTS Singapore (c/o Cliftons)
108 Robinson Road Level 11,
The Finexis Building,
Singapore 068900

26 Boon Lay Way,
#01-85 Tradehub 21,
Singapore 609970

We are here to help

Have a query? Fill in the following form and we will call you back within 24 hours.


By submitting this form, I agree to Prep Zone Academy’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.